My thoughts on Ageing

  1. Donna W says:

    Pretty insightful post, Tania! In my opinion, age really is just a number. As you said, someone who’s 40 can have the maturity level of a 16 year old. People always ask me my age and I when I tell them, they’re completely shocked because I look 10 years younger than I actually am. I rarely ask people how old they are as it really doesn’t matter…it doesn’t change who they are as a person and it definitely doesn’t influence the way I view them.

    I remember when I turned 25 (which seems soooo long ago), everyone around me made such a big deal about it. But to me, it was just another year. While I’m soooo grateful for each year of life I’m blessed with, I don’t treat reaching a particular age as a huge milestone.

    Happy belated birthday to you!

    xoxo

    Donna

  2. Claire says:

    Firstly, Happy Birthday!

    You’re right, ageing is a funny thing. I actually wasn’t sure about your age, and yes you are young but really that does not change my thoughts about your lovely blog at all!
    I will turning be thirty this year, and swing between being totally cool about it and a mild panic. I’m not really sure what the panic is about, I guess something to do with running out of time and not hearing the ‘oh you’re so young, you have soooo much time to do all the things you want’ line anymore. It becomes ‘when are you getting married and having ten babies’ (erm….).
    The only major change I have noticed as I skipped through my twenties is that time starts to fly faster than you could ever imagine. All of my same-age friends think the same.
    But there are heaps of great things about getting older – mainly these two: you care more about what you want and less about what you ‘should’ do, you have learnt how to avoid hangovers but still have an awesome time drinking cocktails and dancing. In fact, if I could live my whole life at the same age, I would choose 28 or 29. My favourite years so far!!!
    xx

  3. Lisa Thomson says:

    Happy Birthday, Tania! Ah, age…it’s a funny thing. I like to think I can relate to people of all ages. Truth told, anyone in their 20’s is young to me. Heck, even when I hear someone is turning 40, I think oh, I remember when…therefore as time goes on our perception of age changes. I still feel like I’m 20 on some days (those are the great ones)!

  4. Danielle E. Alvarez says:

    Age is such a pesky little detail, isn’t it? I’ll admit I thought you were older, too 🙂 but I didn’t think it worth anything to say so. Perception is also a funny thing.

    Personally, I feel as though 23 y/o me is lightyears away from 25.5 y/o me. I’ve had a lot of transformative life experiences and have settled into my imperfect self so much more as a result. Clearly the 1/2 is important and displays how mature I’ve gotten ;).

    Hope you have a great week, love! xo

  5. Tori says:

    I’m afraid I am one of those who tweeted you! In all honesty, I hadn’t ever thought about your age before, I just happen to think you are a very well-accomplished young lady (and a beautiful and brave one at that!) and I had obviously been hoping – deep down – that you were a little closer to my (ahem) 28 years. Although, let’s be honest, you certainly don’t look it, so it was mostly wishful thinking!

    Age is brought up a lot around me because I’m a mature student at uni and spend my days with 20 year olds who are either a little confused as to why I am at uni in the first place, or can’t believe that I’m 28 (I always prefer the latter way of thinking!). You are right, of course, that it’s just a number, but sometimes I don’t feel like my experiences, my accomplishments, match those I always believed I would have achieved come this age – I mean, some outweigh what I ever thought I’d do (i.e. the majority of the experiences I gained travelling) but others don’t (i.e. being miserable in my second year of uni with absolutely no direction or no idea what I’m going to do once I’ve finished) – and that’s a bit of an odd situation to be in nearing 30!

  6. Freya Dowson says:

    Age shmage! (clearly as you get older you get wiser…)

  7. Sarah Libros says:

    I definitely agree! We get so used to putting people in boxes based on various labels, but when it comes down to it those things don’t really mean anything.

  8. Melis Ba. says:

    Great post! And I share your opinions about the age issue. I’m in my late twenties (other side of the 25) and I know that most people feel like aging is a bad thing. In fact, when I was getting older I felt that too but then I realized it’s not MY feelings, it’s what other people expect you to feel. I don’t understand when people compliment me by saying I look young (Another verison of this is "You lost weight"). It’s not a compliment. This is what you think ‘beautiful’ means. Young and thin. But I don’t feel my age. Noone does. You don’t wake up and think "Oh, I’m 27 years, 3 months, 8 days old today". It’s what’s on the papers and you know your age only when someone talks about it. So, I really don’t know how people ‘should’ look on a specific age to determine that they look younger or older. Is there a standard for this?

    So anyway, I tend to talk a lot about these things. I wouldn’t know you if you look old or young. But I think you look happy and contented and/or at least you try to live your life to the fullest. So I think this is beautiful. And that’s what matters.

  9. Georgina says:

    I get the opposite! With being so small in height people are always surprised at how old I am, imagining me to be younger.

    I definitely agree with your points! Such a great post x

    Georgina | <a href="http://georginaann.blogspot.co.uk.html">headintheclouds</a&gt;

  10. Stevi says:

    As someone who just turned 26 (and was just having this same thought pattern), I often get annoyed at friends my age who refuse to go to a bar or clothing store that are "for young people/for college students" because I don’t feel like I am that different or that aged. I think in this case maybe my friends just want to believe they are much older/more mature than they really are, but honestly I get a lot of people thinking I am older than I am as well (I also pretend it’s just that I’m so composed and intelligent…… right, yeah, that’s it) so it can’t be that I’m stuck in the college or just-post-college mentality.

    I think you hit the right mark when you said you don’t see age as a big factor, because that is how I feel as well. People should be able to get along with people of all ages, there is still a part of me that is 20, and there is a part of me just waiting to come out when I am older, and I can see that in other people as well and that is what I identify with when talking to them.

  11. Stevi says:

    As someone who just turned 26 (and was just having this same thought pattern), I often get annoyed at friends my age who refuse to go to a bar or clothing store that are "for young people/for college students" because I don’t feel like I am that different or that aged. I think in this case maybe my friends just want to believe they are much older/more mature than they really are, but honestly I get a lot of people thinking I am older than I am as well (I also pretend it’s just that I’m so composed and intelligent…… right, yeah, that’s it) so it can’t be that I’m stuck in the college or just-post-college mentality.

    I think you hit the right mark when you said you don’t see age as a big factor, because that is how I feel as well. People should be able to get along with people of all ages, there is still a part of me that is 20, and there is a part of me just waiting to come out when I am older, and I can see that in other people as well and that is what I identify with when talking to them.

    Also, I love your blog and you take fantastic pictures!

  12. cassandre says:

    I would guess that people are more at aww because of a person’s experience at their age…at least that is the case for me. Maturity comes with life experience what ever it may be. People always thought I was a lot older than I actually was.

    xo
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  13. molly yeh says:

    sometimes i wanna be peter pan and never grow up!

  14. Chelsea Alexandra says:

    You’re spot on!

    Again, like many of the people who have already commented here, I thought you were closer to my own age of 26. I really do admire you though because at 23 you have accomplished so much more than I can say I had when I myself was 23…I still felt like such a baby back then! You are a mature, inspiring, beautiful young lady, and age aside it seems like you truly know who you are as a person and that is the main thing! I just turned 26 last week and yet I’m only now really coming into my own person… keep doing what you’re doing because it’s working! Great post!

  15. Emma says:

    I started freaking out when I turned 25 though…I did all of a sudden, overnight feel old! It’s definitely been the weirdest age for me but I’m trying to embrace it 😉 Nice post Tania! X

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  16. Yelle @ Tender Roots Blog says:

    love this. i wouldn’t think of you any differently if you had written your last post and said you were 25 or 26. but – the fact that you wrote a number that is my age – when i’ve always looked up to you – makes me admire you even more! i love everything you’re accomplished and i think you have such talent and its so refreshing to see it at a young age.

  17. Catarina Sousa says:

    I definitely feel that most people focus too much on age, which makes me focus too much on MY age. I hate it when people say they’re getting old when it’s their birthday (or mine). I think it’s depressing to feel old at age 25/26 (or even up!) and frankly a little ridiculous, as well as age-shaming. (is that a thing?)

  18. Cydney Helsdown says:

    i must say i totally agree with you. i’m 20 (soon to be 21) and i’m often described as having a mature head, which is flattering because many people even at 30 aren’t mature. so yes the number is obsolete when experiences and lessons really ‘age’ a person

  19. Renee Shuman says:

    I get that same reaction all the time! People always expect me to be 2-5 years older than I am. It can be sort of flattering (??) — like you said — that people think I’m more mature than my age. But it also makes you stop and think about how people are actually judging who you are based on a number! Is it just me or does this sort of thing happen more to women than men? Women are judged more by age when it comes to attractiveness and "age-appropriate-dress" and the like. Just a thought. (P.s. I’ve always been a grandma so I’m sure that has something to do with it, ha)

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